South Africa Cricket Team

South African Team is counted one of the stronger team of the cricket world. This team is popularly known as The Proteas. This cricket team is run by Cricket South Africa. The irony of this world class team is not winning any world cup title. In spite of such failings, no one has any suspicions about South Africa supremacy. South Africa was banned for play in international cricket in 1970, owing to the apartheid policies of its government. The ban was lifted in 1991 and South Africa start to play the Cricket World Cup for the first time in 1992.
1992 World Cup : When this team enter the cricket world the world was still a stranger to South African team's abilities. Its first world cup this team had defeated all world class teams like India, Australia, West Indies and Pakistan. The semi-final was a beginning of a bad luck that still surrounds South Africa. The match was between England and South Africa. A soft target of 252 runs was set by England before South Africa. Going into the chase, South Africa required 22 runs off 13 balls when rain stopped play. Since Duckworth-Lewis scheme was not launched yet, South Africa was left with a ridiculous position of scoring 21 runs of 1 ball.

1996 World Cup : South Africa made a fine start in the. It topped in Pool B, without a single beat. The was set against the very weakened West Indies; things look propitious for South Africa to repeat the 1992 World Cup entry into the semi-final and even beyond. All such opportunities were incinerated by the rage West Indies was in after a disgraceful defeat against Kenya. South Africa lost against West Indies by 19 runs- a miserable end to an exciting start.

1999 World Cup : In this World Cup, South Africa topped the Group A pool in the all league matches. In the semi-final match, South Africa was to play against Australia. Given to bat, Australia was bundled out by some superb bowling by Allan Donald and Pollock, to a total of 213. South Africa too was stopped precisely at 213. The match was awarded to Australia by the high merit of the fact that it had beaten South Africa in the super-six matches.

2003 World Cup : The World Cup turned out to be a very much disappointing for South Africa. Perhaps such are the gestures obligated by the duty of being the host nation; South Africa made a stylish exit in the first round itself and let the stage open for the visiting teams to vie among themselves for the World Cup.

2007 World Cup : South Africa was again a well-drilled unit, with an experienced top shelf. Captain Graeme Smith heads a capable batting line-up that relies on the stroke-making of Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis. But this time also South Africa had not got the world cup title.
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